While driving around the countryside on the last couple of weekends I have noticed a lot of beautiful hay being cut and baled in the fields of many Albemarle County farms. After a particularly dry winter, above average rainfall in April and May has "saved the day" and resulted in lush pasture growth. In fact we switched into such a rainy pattern that I began to worry that we would not have enough dry days in a row to be able to make hay. Luckily this has not been the case and it looks like area farmers have had the opportunity to bring in a good first cutting.
Now I’m keeping my fingers crossed for continued rain throughout the summer. After the past two drought years Central Virginia horse owners would like to see a year with a plentiful crop of good local hay.